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Water Guzzlers

It takes a great deal of water to keep a lawn looking green. If a great deal of water falls from the sky where you live, then why not let the rain keep your lawn looking luxurious. Since lawns are notorious water guzzlers, they are really not ideal in drought stricken areas of the country such as Pasadena and the rest of California. A well trimmed lawn and a white picket fence epitomize the American dream and are a symbol of pride for many homeowners. But the drastic changes in our climate demand a rethink. Many cities, including Pasadena are bringing out strict new guidelines for residential watering.


Starting April 1, 2017, Pasadena will move to a Level 1 Water Shortage Plan, which allows for only three days of watering during summer months from April 1 - October 31 and one day a week during winter months from November 1 - March 31.


From April 1, 2017 restaurants in Pasadena are longer allowed to serve drinking water unless the patron specifically requests it. This is a reflection of just how serious the water shortage is. New laundries and commercial car washes have to install recirculating water systems and all local hotels and motels must give their guests the option to decline daily bed linen and towel changes.

Pasadena homeowners will be affected by the restrictions in the following ways:

  • No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle
  • Outdoor watering is restricted to three days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in spring/summer (April 1- October 31); and restricted to one day a week on Saturday in fall/winter (November 1 - March 31)
  • No watering within 48 hours of rainfall
  • No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind
  • No washing down paved surfaces with potable water unless for safety or sanitation
  • All property owners must fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions when they find them, or within 72 hours of receiving a notice from Pasadena Water and Power
  • Fountains and water features must have a re-circulating water system
  • Vehicles must be washed with a hand-held bucket and/or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle

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The drought we are experiencing is not a one off situation. Water conditions are unlikely to get any better so it is worth making plans to change that green bit of luxury to a “greener” alternative.